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"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson speaks during the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 29, 2014 in New Orleans, La. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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BATON ROUGE, La. (CBS Houston/AP) — Louisiana’s 5th District congressional race has a new candidate with a “Duck Dynasty” connection.

Zach Dasher, a Republican whose uncle is the TV family patriarch Phil Robertson, announced Monday that he’s running for the seat in the Nov. 4 election.

“I want to help restore America to what she once was — a nation that builds freedom and prosperity on the anchor of God,” Dasher said according to the Shreveport Times.

Dasher, from Calhoun, works in the pharmaceutical industry. He’s never run for office, but says in his announcement that it’s time for “ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines.”

“It is time for ordinary citizens to get off of the sidelines and get involved in the political system,” Dasher stated. “For too long, we’ve set idly by while Washington politicians slowly gain control over every aspect of our lives. I am seeking to represent the people of the 5th District in Congress so that I can effectively fight the big government intellectual elitists in Washington.”

“We’ve vetted (Zach) for 36 years,” Al Robertson, the oldest son of Phil and Kay, told the Shreveport Times.

The district’s current congressman, Republican Vance McAllister, won the seat last year with support of the “Duck Dynasty” family. But after his election, security footage emerged that showed McAllister kissing a married woman who worked in his office.

McAllister announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, but he’s been less definitive recently, saying he’ll make a decision by the August sign-up period.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

 
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